Grassroots Grants funding now open in Northern and Yorke

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Applications for the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board’s 2024-2025 Grassroots Grants program are now open.

Community members that have practical ideas to help improve the health of our region’s landscapes through on-ground work and education can apply for up to $10,000 in grant funding until Monday, 3 June 2024.

The Northern and Yorke Landscape Board is offering up to $250,000 in grant money, funded through the landscape levy, with $50,000 dedicated to First Nations-led projects.

Grassroots Grants funding now open in Northern and Yorke
Grassroots Grants funding has previously supported a community effort involving weed control and revegetation at Bundaleer Creek near Jamestown. Tim Flannery, Kay Jaeschke and Holly Crawford are pictured at one of their planting days.

Northern and Yorke Landscape Board’s General Manager Tony Fox said the Grassroots Grants program empowered volunteers, community groups, schools, First Nations, agriculture organisations and councils to make a positive difference in the local environment.

“This annual funding program is about backing our region’s landholders and community groups to deliver landscape management projects they’re passionate about,” he said.

“This could be caring for our coastal ecosystems, reducing the threat of pest animals and plants, improving the health of native bushland or embracing technology to improve soil health.”

Now in its fifth year, Northern and Yorke’s Grassroots Grants program funds projects between $2,000 and $10,000 that contribute to one or more of the Board’s regional priorities and focus areas.

Potential projects include weed, pest or disease control, watercourse or wetland management, revegetation, survey and monitoring activities, sustainable agriculture trials, cultural knowledge sharing and community education.

In a new initiative, the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board is offering multi-year project funding of up to $30,000 over a period of up to 3 years for major, ongoing projects. A maximum of $10,000 is allocated each year.

Grassroots Grants funding now open in Northern and Yorke
Members of Tarcowie Landcare Group at a planting day funded by the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board’s Grassroots Grants program.

The Tarcowie Landcare Group is a past recipient of Grassroots Grants funding. June Jenkins, the group’s secretary and treasurer said some of their revegetation and weed control projects would not have been possible without the funding.

“That’s a lot of fundraising we would have had to do by ourselves just to take on these projects. This type of funding is vital, it’s critical actually, to us being able to do these local projects,” she said.

An online information session will be held on Monday, 13 May, 4.30pm-6pm to dive into the details of this Grassroots Grants round and guide you through the application process. Find out more about Grassroots Grants 2024-2025.

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